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Chats from the Blog Cabin MELISSA VERA

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

Welcome to Chats from the Blog Cabin where you can listen on chats with some interesting people straight from the Blog cabin. Listen to people as they chat about their lives with host Melissa Vera Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chatsfromtheblogcabin/support

    260: Chatting about Helping the Environment with Sandra Harris

    260: Chatting about Helping the Environment with Sandra Harris

    Sandra Ann Harris is the founder and president of ECOlunchbox, a mission-based consumer products company. Her passion is protecting the oceans by reducing people's dependence on plastics. ECOlunchbox, a certified B Corporation, and California Green Business innovate and sells high-quality, plastic-free food container solutions. She has a diverse background in business consulting, product development, investigative journalism, and digital marketing strategy along with her work in the non-profit sector for a humanitarian aid organization. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.

    If you’ve heard of the plastic-free lifestyle, but think you don’t have time for it in your busy life, prepare to be delightfully wrong. Say Goodbye to Plastic shows you how, whether you’re seeking to knock plastic out of your life or just try out a few novel eco-hacks in your kitchen, bathroom, office or dining room. Plastic pollution activist and entrepreneur Sandra Ann Harris invites us to say goodbye to plastic, room by room. Opportunities abound to simplify our lives by re-thinking our wasteful habits–we just need to learn to recognize them.

    Helpful Links


    https://ecolunchboxes.com/
    Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living https://amzn.to/32D16eZ { affiliate link}




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    259: Chatting about the Unbreakable Bond Between a Father and Daughter with Nicole Black

    259: Chatting about the Unbreakable Bond Between a Father and Daughter with Nicole Black

    When our loved ones depart, is it possible to still sense their presence or perhaps even be guided by their voices? Award-winning author Nicole Black explores the unbreakable bond between a father and his daughter in her poignant new book, I Can Still Hear You, which recently received a Bronze Medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

    Nicole Black is an author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing unique stories and helping people grow. For over 20 years, she has worked in the business world as a corporate trainer in employee productivity and effective growth, where she has helped some of the biggest brands in hospitality and entertainment grow sustainably through inspiring their employees. She has been featured on platforms including TEDxWilmington, Jack Canfield Show, Santa Barbara News-Press, The George DiGianni Show, and the Tom Barnard Show.

    Through her writing, Nicole hopes to empower her readers and impart valuable lessons about grief, loss, and emotional growth. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her wonderful daughter in their home of Santa Barbara, California.

    Follow the author on Instagram (WriterNicoleB) and Twitter (@nicolebwriter).

    Helpful Links

    Grab I Can Still Hear You https://amzn.to/3DWUhmB (affiliate link)

    www.lungtransplantfoundation.org

    giving.ucla.edu

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    258: Chatting about how to Make Your Mess Your Message with Shari Leid

    258: Chatting about how to Make Your Mess Your Message with Shari Leid

    Following the expected path of graduating from law school, getting married, and having kids, Shari and her husband soon made the joint decision to have one of them stay at home with their two children. Still a licensed attorney today, Shari stopped practicing in her late 30s. “It wasn’t something that I had planned for, and it was a difficult transition from lawyer to stay-at-home mom,” she recalls. “During the transition, I lost both the company of men as friends and colleagues as well as my identity because it was entirely wrapped up in my profession, and I had to find my self-worth as a stay-at-home mom – things I was ill-prepared to do. While I always knew I wanted kids, I never saw myself as a full-time stay-at-home mom. It was the hardest job I ever had to do.”

    After a breast cancer diagnosis in her 40s, Shari immediately thought, this must be happening to me for a reason. “My cancer journey caused me to look at other events in my life and I realized that all the things that have ‘happened to me,’ I was able to get through because of the mindset I had, the perspective I approach life with – and realizing this made it painful for me to watch others struggle and feeling stuck by what life throws their way.”

    Helpful Links:

    Website : www.animperfectlyperfectlife.com

    Make Your Mess Your Message: More Life Lessons From And For My Girlfriends https://amzn.to/3npp5qb {affiliate Link} 




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    257: Chatting about Being Thankful

    257: Chatting about Being Thankful

    Sometimes so many negative things happen to us that we forget to be thankful. This devotion from Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close by Lysa Terkeurst
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    Here is a little more about Embraced

    God doesn't pull back from your sharp edges. He pulls you close. In Embraced, beloved Bible teacher and bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst offers 100 devotions that will resonate with women in all stages of life by giving you a godly perspective on the issues you face each day.

    A real embrace indicates an intimate level of closeness. It's not a high five or a casual handshake. The best kind of embrace is when someone we know deeply loves us, flings their arms wide open, and pulls us in close.

    Through these 100 devotions, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts, you will be equipped to:


    Begin finding freedom from the struggles that have held you hostage by learning new ways to experience God's love.
    Surrender your deepest hurts by processing them in a godly way with Lysa, a friend who understands your pain.
    Hear the Lord speak intimately to your heart by learning how to seek His direction.
    Release the tension of wondering, If God is near why does He sometimes feel far away? by spending guided time with Him each day.

    Embraced will be a treasured keepsake for you, and a meaningful gift for those you love, with:


    An exquisite cloth cover you'll want to leave out for others to see and for easy access
    Highly designed interior with Scripture, call-outs, and quotes
    Ribbon marker to keep your place

    Our hearts were made for this kind of love and security, but for many of us, we know more about the pain of heartbreak and fear than the unconditional love for which we were created. In Embraced, Lysa shares her own struggles, doubts, and heartbreaks while pointing to the ultimate embrace: God opening His arms wide on Calvary through Jesus so that He could pull us close for all of eternity, welcoming us into the safety and hope of His grace, love, and embrace.


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    256: Chatting About How it is Okay to Not Be Perfect with Kate Evans

    256: Chatting About How it is Okay to Not Be Perfect with Kate Evans

    As a therapist for nearly two decades, Kate Evans knew she could help women with feelings of overwhelm.  Kate developed a personal coaching system; Soulful Space where women could learn how to declutter their mind, body, soul, and space to help them live the intentional and joyful life they deserve.  As a certified life coach and therapist, Kate offers her knowledge of decluttering and organization, yoga, and yogic philosophy to support women in their daily lives.  As she built her business, she learned that so many women (as women are the ones in most households doing the lion's share of the housework) struggle with feelings of overwhelm on a daily basis.

    According to a Cornell University study from 2016, stress triggered by clutter may also trigger coping and avoidance strategies, like eating junk food, oversleeping or binge-watching Netflix.

    These feelings of clutter tend to overwhelm women, without them sometimes understanding the reason for these feelings.  Through an integrative method, Kate addresses all of these areas to dissolve her clients’ barriers, find their truth, and create the home and life they have always wanted.

    When in cluttered spaces, people are more likely to make poor eating choices. Those with extremely cluttered homes are 77% more likely to be overweight.

    Kate teaches women the difference between what is selfish and what is self-care because she, like so many others, was raised with messages that taught women to value the care of others over their own.  And, unbeknownst to them, much of what is self-care starts in the home and the space we occupy.  Kate wants to empower women and teach them the value of decluttering mind, body, and soul and support them in their efforts to develop effective systems in their homes, that take the chaos out of everyday life.

    Helpful Links : 


     https://www.soulfulspacecoaching.com 
    Instagram and Facebook @soulfulspace.coaching 
    Facebook Life Decluttering group https://www.facebook.com/groups/354592362983060/?ref=share
    Pinterest @soulfulspace
    sokindregistry.org


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    255: Chatting About The Importance of Making Meaningful Connections with William Loizeaux

    255: Chatting About The Importance of Making Meaningful Connections with William Loizeaux

    Learning how to form meaningful connections in an increasingly disconnected world is a valuable skill we can all benefit from. And when this connection crosses generational boundaries and physical abilities, the impact is even more profound — and positive.

    Into the Wind from award-winning author William Loizeaux pairs 10-year-old Rusty with white-haired Hazel in a poignant story about the surprising, sustaining bonds that can blossom between the young and the old. Inspired by his real-life childhood friendship with a sometimes prickly but always imaginative aunt who loved painting and sailing, Into the Wind is a moving and ultimately life-affirming story of adolescent struggles and the unlikely friendship that changed Rusty’s life forever.

    Helpful Links:


    http://www.williamloizeaux.com/
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Melissa is a great interviewer! She tells a story and leads on to important topics without any signs of being uncomfortable. I am loving this podcast and looking forward to it growing!

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Melissa is such an incredible interviewer. Her conversations are so real, heartfelt, and honest. I feel like I’m hanging out with her in her blog cabin every time I tune in. ❤️

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Chats From The Blog Cabin is a great podcast! Melissa invites a diverse, wide ranging group of people to share about themselves, their work, their passions. I am a listener and have been a guest. Melissa is genuine and chatting with her is like talking to a friend. I love that each podcast brings something new and opens up a new topic for me. Listen and enjoy!

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